Yuma PD Chief Lekan retires in March

As it gets closer to the retirement date of City of Yuma Police Department’s Chief of Police, John Lekan, he is helping to raise money for our Fallen Officer Monument project.  Chief Lekan is sending out a challenge to the community members and businesses to step up with donations is his “last pursuit.”  The Chief is holding two special events to help raise money.  Below is the official press release from YPD.

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After nearly 33 years on the force, Yuma’s Chief of Police, John Lekan’s final pursuit before retiring is raising money to build the Fallen Officer’s Monument (FOM). It’s a project the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Yuma Lodge, have been working on tirelessly.

The FOM is near to Chief Lekan’s heart, as he was testing to be a police officer or serving on the force during the time that both Yuma Police Officers Lt. Danny Elkins (1995) and Patrolman Gary Mass (1986), were killed in the line of duty. In addition, his wife’s grandfather, YCSO Deputy Sylvester Villa, was also killed in the line of duty.

Around the Yuma region to date 36 law enforcement officers have lost their lives while serving and they will all be memorialized at the FOM when constructed at the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex.

Chief Lekan officially retires on March 29 and is requesting no money be spent on plaques, no gifts, solely monetary donations towards the fund. Chief Lekan stated, “This monument is unfinished business during my watch… I am honored to be in a position to move the Fallen Officer’s Monument closer to completion…to providing a place worthy of those who have died protecting Yuma and the surrounding area… I need your help to make this a reality.”

The FOP has collected nearly $40,000 and it is projected another $60,000 is needed, in response, Chief Lekan is calling out the community, clubs, businesses, schools, his friends and family and local law enforcement to help him in his final pursuit.

Here’s how the public can get involved. Come with your money or checks in hand to these fun events!

Chief gives Kisses for Cash (Hershey Kisses of course!)
Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2019
Yuma Police Department

Lock up the Chief (the more money you give the longer he stays locked up)
March 14th, 2019
Yuma Regional Palms Center roundabout

Chief’s Final Retirement Farewell Open House (community is welcome to stop by and say so long… and to support the Fallen Officer’s Monument)
March 27th, 2019
Yuma Police Department

If you cannot attend these events, you can still help by mailing checks to:

FOP Yuma Lodge #24
P.O. Box 6283
Yuma, AZ 85366
In memo are write: Yuma Lodge Monument Fund (Chief Lekan)

or tax deductible donations can be made through the AZ FOP State Foundation by mailing a check to:

Arizona FOP Foundation, Inc.
2510 E 11th Street
Douglas, AZ 85607
In memo area write: Yuma Lodge Memorial Fund (Chief Lekan)

Donors can also contribute online at www.lodge24.azfop.com (add Chief Lekan in note) and donations are tax deductible.

Information Released By: Sergeant Lori Franklin